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Media opportunity: Making Medway's green spaces even safer

Date: 30/04/2008           Category: Greenspaces

Media opportunity: Thursday, 1 May at 10am. Visitor Centre, Capstone Country Park, Capstone Road, Chatham. Cllrs Doe and Chishti will be inspecting the park’s new CCTV facilities. Two Medway beauty spots have been made even safer by security cameras. Infra-red CCTV cameras have been installed at Capstone Farm Country Park in Chatham and Riverside Country Park in Gillingham to monitor the security of the parks, as well as checking for intruders and fires in the buildings. The existing metal gates at the entrance of Capstone Park were also replaced with new steel gates, which will also be moved closed to the main entrance to stop intruders. Steel gates and cameras are also being installed at Riverside Country Park to prevent people from forcing their way into the park when it's closed. Staff at Medway Council’s operations centre in Strood will monitor the security system and alert the police if they see anything untoward. Around £64,600 has been spent on the project, which was funded through Members’ Priorities from the council’s capital programme fund. Portfolio Holder for Community Services Cllr Howard Doe said: “We want people to enjoy Medway’s green spaces and parks and these new security measures will ensure they remain pleasant places for everyone.” Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Enforcement Cllr Rehman Chishti added: “These security measures will make a huge improvement for the safety of users of the parks. “CCTV has a proven track record in both deterring crime and making people feel safe. The new gates and security cameras highlight our commitment to make Medway a safe and enjoyable place for families and individuals.”